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Author Nethercote, J. R.

Title Australian political lives : chronicling political careers and administrative histories / by John Nethercote and John Wanna ; edited by Tracey Arklay
Published Canberra : ANU E Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource
Series ANSOG monographs Australian political lives
Contents The Art of Australian Political Biography / Geoffrey Bolton -- Political Biography: Its Contribution to Political Science / Tracey Arklay -- Recording Non-Labor Politics Through Biography / Judith Brett -- The 'Life Myth', 'Short Lives' and Dealing with Live Subjects in Political Biography / James Walter -- Public Lives, Private Lives: the Fundamental Dilemma in Political Biography / Nicholas Brown -- Expanding The Repertoire: Theory, Method and Language in Political Biography / R.A.W. Rhodes -- John Curtin: Taking his Childhood Seriously / David Day -- Ministers, Prime Ministers, Mandarins: Politics as a Job / Patrick Weller -- Biography and the Rehabilitation of the Subject: The Case of John Gorton / Ian Hancock -- Aboriginality and Impersonality: Three Australian Indigenous Administrative Memoirs / Tim Rowse -- Writing Political Biography / Rae Wear -- Jessie Street and the New Political Biography / Lenore Coltheart -- Conjuring Fascinating Stories: the Case of Sir Arthur Tange / Peter Edwards -- Anonymous in Life, Anonymous in Death: Memoirs and Biographies of Administrators / John Nethercote -- The Personal Writings of Politicians / Neal Blewett -- Writing Political Autobiographies / John Button -- Political Biographies and Administrative Memoirs: Some Concluding Comments / Philip A. Selth
Summary "This monograph brings together some of the best practitioners of the art and craft of political biography in Australia. They are simultaneously some of our best scholars who, at least in part, have turned their attention to writing Australian political lives. They are not merely chroniclers of our times but multidisciplinary analysts constructing layers of explanation and theoretical insight. They include academic, professional and amateur biographers; scholars from a range of disciplines (politics, history, sociology, public administration, gender studies); and politicians who for a time strutted the political stage. The assembled papers explore the strengths and weaknesses of the biographical approach; the enjoyment it can deliver; the problems and frustrations of writing biographies; and the various ways the 'project' can be approached by those constructing these lives. They probe the art and craft of the political biographer."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Subject Campaign biography -- Australia.
Politicians -- Australia -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Arklay, Tracy
Wanna, John.
ISBN 1920942734
1920942742 (electronic bk.)
9781920942748 (electronic bk.)